Abortion carries a number of possible health complications. One of these is the risk of incomplete abortion, which occurs when some of the pregnancy tissue is left behind in the uterus following an abortion procedure. An incomplete abortion can happen after a medical or surgical abortion. 

Some of the signs of an incomplete abortion include:

  • Heavy bleeding (soaking through 1 pad per hour)
  • Passing blood clots
  • Severe pain in the abdomen or lower back
  • Fever
  • Labor-like cramping
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Slowed blood pressure

If you’re experiencing signs of an incomplete abortion, go to the nearest emergency room. You’ll need treatment immediately to ensure this issue is resolved and you’re on the road to recovery. 

Who is at Risk for an Incomplete Abortion?

Incomplete abortions can also occur after conditions like miscarriage or even during a vaginal birth or C-section. You may be at risk for one if any of these factors apply to you: 

  • Delivery, miscarriage, or abortion in the second trimester of pregnancy (weeks 13 to 26)
  • Advanced maternal age
  • Never given birth before, though they may have been pregnant
  • A congenital uterine anomaly

Attending regular doctor’s visits and understanding the risks of procedures like abortion are good ways to stay informed about your health and take preventative steps to protect it.

Treatment for an Incomplete Abortion

Incomplete abortions are treated based on the severity of symptoms and the patient’s condition. The medical provider may use surgical instruments such as forceps to remove the remaining pregnancy tissue. If the woman is unstable or the forceps method doesn’t work, however, a procedure like dilation and curettage may be used, which can result in the following side effects:  

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Vaginal bleeding

If left untreated, an incomplete abortion can result in sepsis or severe hemorrhage, so getting the prompt medical care you need is imperative.

Get the Answers You Need

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and unsure about your options, Azar House is here to help. We offer free and confidential options information so that you can be informed about what’s available to you. 

Contact us today to learn more. We are here for you!

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